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New Mathematical and Computational Problems involved in Cell Motility, Morphogenesis and Pattern Formation

7th December 2015 to 11th December 2015

Organisers: Alan Champneys (Bristol), John King (Nottingham), John Mackenzie (Strathclyde) and Christina Surulescu (TU Kaiserslautern)

Workshop Theme

Cell motility, morphogenesis, and pattern formation are essential features of cell dynamics. The involved biochemical processes and biomechanical properties range from the intracellular level over cell surface dynamics, cell-cell and cell-tissue interactions up to the scale of cell population behaviour influencing organ formation and functioning.

Mathematical models handling biological events taking place on one or several such scales can provide a powerful framework to understand these phenomena, test experimentally suggested conjectures, and make predictions about the behaviour of the studied system. Current modelling approaches are often continuous, involving systems of partial differential equations of various kinds (e.g., reaction-diffusion-transport, taxis, kinetic transport, population balance), possibly coupled to ordinary, random, or stochastic differential equations. Furthermore, the so-called agent-based approaches (e.g., cellular automata, Potts models, etc.) characterize the behaviour of individual cells or intracellular particles in a discrete way, permitting rather detailed descriptions of motions, interactions etc. Yet other model types are hybrids between discrete and continuous descriptions. Applications include, but are not restricted to embryogenesis, tumour growth and invasion, wound healing, tissue bioengineering, biofilms, etc. The models lead to highly complex analytical and numerical problems, which often call for the development of new mathematical tools or for the enhancement of existing ones. At the same time recent mathematical developments for example in nonlinear waves and coherent structures, in solid mechanics and in dynamical systems theory can help shed light on generic mechanisms; as well as the biology providing challenges to the mathematical state of the art.

Therefore, the aim of this workshop is to bring together scientists working on these timely and challenging topics of mathematical biology, analysis and numerics.  It will provide both an international framework and motivation to further develop the modelling of the mentioned biological phenomena and to strengthen the synergies between the involved branches of applied mathematics, but also between mathematics and life sciences.

Deadline for applications: 16th October 2015

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Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £230
  • Student Registration Package: £185

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £TBC

Participants on the Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as Visiting Fellows, programme participants or their guests, the above charge will apply.


Unfortunately as the workshop is taking place in term time, we are unable to offer any accommodation and therefore ask that all successful applicants finds their own. Please see the Hotels Combined website for a list of local hotels and guesthouses.



Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Registration Package participants should present their badge as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with a blue Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at Wolfson Court
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using their dining card via the Porters' Lodge (forms can be found on the registration desk or at the Porters' Lodge)

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place on Wednesday 9 December at Christ's College. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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